Discover Newsletter


Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected

You have wisdom to share with the whole world about the value of spiritual direction. Throughout Spiritual Directors International’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, we encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question. We are listening. Before 30 April, we want to know:

What shift happens within you when someone deeply listens as you share part of your life’s sacred story? Share a brief story now.

Presence journal

Have you received the latest issue of Presence? What was your favorite article? What insight did it give you? Send your thoughts as a letter to the editor to Nick Wagner,




Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for others. We help you identify who might benefit from each enlightening and meaningful tool with the questions provided for each video. If you accompany seekers who ask these questions, the video may be helpful for them.

  1. In our latest video, Joshin Brian Byrnes and Sally Taylor speak about the teacher-student relationship in Zen Buddhism.
    1. Are you curious how the teacher-student relationship in the Buddhist tradition parallels the spiritual director-seeker relationship?
    2. How can a teacher-student relationship stay grounded?
    3. Are you interested in learning about letting go of illusions of the perfect teacher?

  2. Regina Moser, MEd, answers the question: What are the benefits of spiritual direction? It’s part of our twenty-fifth anniversary series of short, seeker-friendly videos to share with everyone new to spiritual direction. SDI will post a new video resource on the twenty-fifth day of each month. If you want to be the first to see the video, follow the SDI YouTube channel or like us on Facebook.


Two Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in different formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

The Emerging Wisdom educational events in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, kick off in one week! Still interested in participating? Online registration has now closed, however you are welcome to register onsite at the Galt House Hotel. If you are unable to travel to Louisville, SDI is excited to announce that conference streaming is also available! Learn more about streaming and register today.

Please pray for safe travel for all participants, presenters, volunteers, and staff; that our global spiritual community will deepen and grow; and new
wisdom will be embraced.


Are you discerning what technology fits your spiritual direction ministry and service? Do you wonder about offering spiritual direction via video conferencing or telephone? Join Christianne Squires, MS, MA, for the SDI Webinar, Using Technology Tools in Spiritual Direction: Is it for you?


Opportunity to Serve

Would you like to help connect seekers to free resources about spiritual direction?

SDI has over 100 educational videos available on our website and YouTube. We want to make those videos even more valuable by organizing them in a meaningful and clear way. We are looking for volunteers to help us by watching these five-to-ten minute videos and describing them in a few sentences. Are you interested in learning more and helping from the comfort of your own home or office? E-mail

SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 21 April and be entered to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 16 March and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

In what languages are the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct available? (HINT: dig around the website for some clues!)

Our March winner was Rev. Bob Flaherty who received the book, Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction.

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

Classified Announcements

Shalem Institute Hosts Dr. James Finley, renowned author and retreat leader
April 24-25, 2015, Rockville, Maryland

Friday night Finley explores Thomas Merton’s teachings by drawing on the experience of Merton as his spiritual director. Saturday, Finley looks at the spirituality of healing and the importance of grounding in God’s presence for true healing.

To register:

Shalem Institute | Washington, DC | 301-897-7334 |


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